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Gun pulled, fight erupts at Highlands basketball court | POLICE BLOTTER

The following information was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.

A fight erupted at the basketball court at Heritage Park in the Highlands April 25 when a man carrying a gun accused one of the basketball players of stealing from him.

The suspect, a 19-year-old Renton man, had pulled a gun from his pocket. Not knowing whether the gun was real, a player punched him and wrestled him to the ground.

The suspect got up, chasing the player’s friends and trying to pick a fight with them.

When officers arrived, the suspect’s face was covered with blood. He wasn’t placed in handcuffs because he complained of intense pain in his shoulder. The player declined treatment.

The suspect was treated by medics and taken to Valley Medical Center. The semi-automatic handgun was found on the ground; its owner in Seattle had reported it missing.

The 19-year-old was arrested for using a weapon to threaten another person.

Officers also found a backpack that belonged to the suspect. Checking for weapons, they found two glass jars with 3.24 ounces of marijuana.

The suspect told officers he has a prescription for the marijuana, which was in his wallet. Officers couldn’t verify that because he was secured on his back for transport to the hospital.

The marijuana was placed into evidence.

Pass on the no helmet but not gun

A 22-year-old Renton was riding his BMX bicycle just after midnight on April 23 on Stevens Avenue Southwest without a helmet or a light.

He was stopped; a records check showed he had no warrants nor was he a convicted felon.

But he was leaning against his bike awkwardly, his right arm hugging his right hip. A gray sweatshirt covered his waistline.

The officer asked the man whether he was concealing something. He said yes. What are you carrying? A gun.

He didn’t have a concealed weapons permit and said he was taking the gun to a friend. He wouldn’t divulge he friend’s name.

The 7.65 caliber semi-auto pistol had seven rounds in the magazine, but the chamber was empty.

The case was forwarded to prosecutors to determine whether the man would be cited for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. The pistol was entered into evidence.

He was verbally warned for the bicycle violation.

Stun gun, mace used in fight

A stun gun and can of mace were used were used in a fight over a stolen cell phone April 21 in the Highlands.

A 30-year-old woman from Roy told officers a woman who lived at the apartments on Northeast Sunset Boulevard stole her cell phone. She confronted the woman, who tasered her.

The tasering continued, according to a witness. The witness used a can of mace attached to her key chain to spray her with the chemical. She told officers the woman with the taser also kicked her in the face.

No one was arrested in the fighting because officers determined everyone involved had willingly fought.

However, the vehicle from which the woman had taken the taser had been reported stolen. It was impounded.

Was deodorant fire case of arson?

A stick of deodorant was lit on fire April 23, melting on the banister of a stairwell of an apartment complex on Northeast Third Court.

Police officers were called because fire investigators were looking at the fire as possible arson.

A hole was punched in the wall where someone had left something burning.

The damage was minimal, about $100, but fire investigators wanted to make officers aware of the incident in case others occur.

Truck with gun spotted at school

A Ford truck with a rifle hanging out its rear back window was spotted in the parking lot of Lindbergh High School at about 7 a.m. April 24.

The newer Ford F-150 pickup truck was traveling at a slow speed in Lindbergh’s entrance. The truck followed the reporting party, stopping at the entrance to the staff parking lot, where it waited for a minute and then left.

The reporting party had no identifying information about the truck or the driver.

Employee’s torch aids burglary

Thieves used an acetylene torch belonging to a used-car-lot’s employee to cut a 2 1/2-foot-wide hole in a fence April 24 on Rainier Avenue North so they could make off with a large power washer.

They also took a case of antifreeze.

The thieves had jumped the fence to get access to a storage shed. They were able to avoid the view of surveillance cameras.

The employee who owned the acetylene torch was fired over the incident because his torch was used.

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